NHL Wrap: Red Wings top slumping Sabres

NHL Wrap: Red Wings top slumping Sabres
November 24, 2013, 9:45 pm
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With a 3-1 loss Sunday, Buffalo has dropped four straight. (USA Today Images)

The Flyers' points streak has reached seven games, but how long can it last? (See story.)

Here's a quick recap of the two games on a mostly quiet Sunday night:

Red Wings beat up slumping Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Detroit Red Wings put Jonas Gustavsson in a tough spot, and the backup goaltender bailed them out.

Gustavsson made 21 saves, including a stop on Steve Ott's penalty shot, and the Red Wings sent the Buffalo Sabres to their fourth straight loss, 3-1 on Sunday.

Tied at 1 with 9:39 gone in the second period, Niklas Kronwall hooked Ott on a breakaway and Buffalo was awarded a penalty shot.

The Sabres captain went left, and Gustavsson stayed with him.

"I didn't actually think he was going to go that way because that's the way he went when he had the first opportunity, but he did," Gustavsson said. "I tried to be patient and follow him and lucky enough, he didn't score."

Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson and Darren Helm scored for the Red Wings. Henrik Zetterberg had an assist for his 700th career point (see full recap).

'Canes storm past Senators
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Cam Ward has made many, many saves in his NHL career. Still, he can appreciate a good one.

Ward stopped 35 shots in the Carolina Hurricane's 4-1 over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, with none more entertaining than his desperation stick save against Colin Greening in the first period.

"I had goose bumps after that one," Ward said. "We play this game for a living but when you make a save like that, I turn into a little kid. It also was a sigh of relief to get that save because that was a big part of the game in the first period."

Ward had already given up a rebound goal to Jason Spezza 1:07 into the game when he stopped Greening to keep it close for Carolina, who scored three times in the second to take command.

Ward said his confidence grew immensely playing on consecutive days for the first time this season. He missed 10 games with a lower-body injury and returned to the lineup on Nov. 18 (see full recap).